Can You Write Your Own Will?

Although it is a difficult concept to wrap your head around, and an even harder task to complete, at some point it is crucial for everyone to consider writing and follow through with writing and developing their last will and testament.

A last will of testament is a legal document that declares what will happen to your estate after you pass away. Find out more about wills here. Most people do hire an attorney to assist with writing a last will and testament, and they do have a lot of helpful insight to help walk you through this complicated process. If you have a complicated estate, it is recommended that you hire an attorney to assist you in this process to assure that your estate is handled correctly after your passing.

However, for those with more simple and basic estates, you can draft and write your own last will and testament and avoid the fees you would encounter if you hired an attorney. If you do decide to draft your own will, it is important to know the components of doing so that you can be sure that it is legally viable.

To begin drafting your own last will and testament, there are a few things to consider. First, it is important to know and understand your state or country’s requirements for a last will and testament, because they differ across states. For example, some states require a witness to also sign your will, some require your will to be notarized, and some may or may not accept handwritten wills. Again, these factors vary across different states and countries.

Once you are aware of your state’s or country’s requirements, you can begin drafting a will that will, in turn, fulfill those certain requirements. There are several other necessities to include in a will such as beginning the will by identifying yourself with your name, social security number, address, and you can even include your birthday. You also have to make a declaration that you are of sound state and mind as you compose your will.

There are several other components that go into the development of a last will and testament, and it is important to know and understand these things, especially if you are composing your last will and testament on your own. It is highly encouraged that you do develop your will under the supervision and direction of an attorney, so that it will be legally viable and your estate will be taken care of. To view more, specific directions in composing your own will and to view specific templates, visit Wikihow.


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